Orchard Hills Church of Christ
The Ways of Worship to God
services to be plain, simple and Bible-oriented.
Singing. Singing is a meaningful a part of any "worship service." As we sing, we blend our voices in
praise to God and build up and encourage one another (Hebrews 13:15; Ephesians 5:19-20). Our singing
is "a cappella," that is we sing without musical accompaniment. It may seem a bit unusual at first, but we
believe you will be impressed when you listen to the sweet melodies of praise. The instrument that we use
in our singing is “the heart” (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16). In this, as in all things, we try to please
God, not ourselves.
Preaching. The early Christians also "were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching . . ."
(Acts 2:42). "The apostles' teaching" is now our New Testament. Preaching is a powerful medium of
communication. Our "evangelist" or "preacher" seeks to speak only "the utterances of God" ( 1 Peter 4:
11). The gospel of Jesus Christ is "the power of God for salvation" (Romans 1:16); therefore, that will be
his main message.
The Lord's Supper. Another activity in which the early disciples continually devoted themselves was "the
breaking of bread." We understand this to be "communion" or "the Lord's Supper." The early church did
this upon the first day of the week (Acts 20:7). The Lord's supper is a memorial feast that proclaims "the
Lord's death until He comes" (1 Corinthians 11:26). The Lord's Supper is a simple memorial consisting of
unleavened bread representing the Lord's body and grape juice representing the Lord's blood. These
were simple elements that were given by the Lord Himself the night He was betrayed (1 Corinthians 11:23-
Prayer. The early Christians "were continually devoting themselves . . .to prayer" (Acts 2:42). For that
reason, we too, engage in prayer to the Father. Prayer is powerful. It enables us to enter the very throne
room of God (Hebrews 4:16). There we can find "grace to help us in time of need." We pray for one
another, for the sick, for those who proclaim the gospel, and for our governmental leaders.
Giving. The Apostle Paul instructed the Christians at Corinth and at Galatia to take up a collection "on the
first day of every week" (1 Corinthians 16:1-2). This was to support the needy saints and the preaching of
the gospel. The members of our congregation contribute willingly and cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7) every
Lord’s Day as each determines in his heart. No other collections are made.
Our aim is to become like Jesus and get to know Him and to help others come to know Jesus as well. We
invite you to join us in our quest. We meet each Lord's Day at 9:30 A.M. for Bible Study and at 10:30 A.M.
for worship. Won't you join us?
|Orchard Hills Church of Christ
1630 N. 9th Street
Covington Indiana 47932